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Peak(s):  Grays Peak  -  14,270 feet
Torreys Peak  -  14,267 feet
Post Date:  07/19/2009
Modified:  07/22/2009
Date Climbed:   07/18/2009
Posted By:  zeekzilch


 Grays & Torreys: Pix and videos while wearing a tie   

 
 

Randy, Lisa and I left west Denver at about 5:15 am Saturday morning, arriving at Bakerville an hour later. A regular passenger car (which we were in) could almost make the entire length of Forest Service Road 189 if it were not for the odd-shaped pit/ditch/hole/trench about a half mile up from Bakerville.

So, we parked alongside the free-standing fireplace (a left-over from some long ago building fire) at Bakerville to walk the extra-credit 4 kilometres (2+ miles) up to the Stevens Gulch trailhead.

Randy, always wanting to look his best, wore a tie for the entire climb up and over both Grays and Torreys. It took the three of us 3:15 to reach the top of Grays from our special parking space alongside Interstate 70. The entire hike, over what we calculated to be a 21 kilometre (13 mile) loop (Gerry Roach, in his book, "Colorado's Fourteeners," says its 24 kilometres/15 miles) took us 7:15 - a bit on the slow side due to extensive video and photo taking (as you can see below).

I counted/estimated about 200 cars at the Stevens Gulch trailhead, parked alongside Forest Service road 189.1, and at Bakerville. So, there could easily have been over 400 people (and dogs) up and down the trail at any one time that day. On behalf of the Colorado Mountain Club () I replaced Torrey's summit register but am sure it will be filled with signatures in just another day or two. Here's my 14ers.com report from a recent Saturday afternoon when there were NO CARS at the Stevens Gulch trailhead!!!


Here's a link to my personal webpage about 14ers:



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Here's a link to my personal webpage about the Ten Essentials:


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  Lisa and Randy on Torreys

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  Grays and Torreys

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  Torreys

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  Torreys


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  Randy and Lisa hiking down

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  Randy and Lisa walking down

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  Randy walking down the snowfield

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  Randy crossing the snowfield

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  Strangers take each others summit photos!

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  Randy and Lisa with Grays behind them

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  ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man"

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  Looking toward Grays

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  Looking toward Torreys

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  Randy and the summit register

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  Randy signs the summit register

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  Randy hiking back down alongside Kelso Mountain (13,164 feet/4,012 metres)

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  Walking back to the trailhead at the base of Kelso Mountain (13,164 feet/4,012 metres)

Gerry Roach, author of "Colorado's Fourteeners," has this to say about Grays Peak and Torreys Peak; "These fourteeners are just a few miles south of Interstate 70. Because of their proximity to the Denver metropolitan area, they are very popular. People usually climb the two peaks together. Surprisingly, Grays and Torreys are the only Colorado fourteeners on the Continental Divide. These distinct summits are visible from many Front Range and Summit County vantage points."



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